Former Maryland center Diamond Stone was named in a
Yahoo! Sports report
regarding loans given to high school and college players by ASM Sports, an agency run by former NBA agent Andy Miller.
The report, which was published Feb. 23, listed Stone as the recipient of a $14,303 loan by ASM when he was a freshman with the Terps. The report did not assert any involvement by Maryland in such an exchange. Terps head coach Mark Turgeon released a statement about the matter Feb. 23.
"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent," Turgeon said. "We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."
Turgeon was scheduled to meet with the media Feb. 23, but that was canceled. Turgeon will meet with the media after Maryland hosts Michigan Feb. 24.
Stone played one season for the Terps, averaging 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He signed with Tandem Sports + Entertainment out of school and was taken 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016 NBA Draft and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night. He played seven games for the Clippers during the 2016-17 season but has mostly played in the NBA G League with different organizations since turning pro.
NCAA president Mark Emmert released the following statement about the Yahoo report.
"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," Emmert said. "Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.
"Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever.
"The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts."